KANSAS CITY, MO – Mayor Quinton Lucas announced updated health guidelines that significantly reduce restrictions on events, restaurants, bars and gatherings.
According to Lucas, restaurants and bars can resume their regular opening hours and no longer have to close personal services at midnight. You will still need to require masking and social distancing rules which may still limit some capacities.
The city will no longer need events to submit health plans to the health department, he said. Those attending events must continue to follow mask rules unless they are actively sitting and eating or drinking. Social distancing still applies.
However, there are no limits to how much sizes can be collected either, Lucas said.
He said the previous restrictions were in place to avoid a deadly surge in coronavirus that spread over the holidays and the Super Bowl run. At that time, the cases were on the rise.
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So far, the Kansas City Emergency Ordinance has limited gatherings to 10 people and limited bars and restaurants with 50% capacity. Bars and restaurants must also close at midnight.
The mayor said cases have decreased since they issued the Safer At Home guidelines. These guidelines also started with a personal curfew at 10:00 p.m., mandatory health plan reporting, and much more. He said although some have questioned and challenged the city’s policies, the restrictions made a difference.
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“Our guidelines have been effective, cases are falling, and now we’re working on distributing vaccines in our city,” said Lucas.
Since June, masks have also been mandatory in companies.
In Kansas City, COVID-19 cases have decreased in the past few weeks. According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, on February 19, the city had a 5.2% positivity rate for the past seven days. KC was ranked 83rd out of 112 registered municipalities.
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